Aging Workforce & Musculoskeletal Issues
The ageing workforce is an issue ubiquitous to the baby boomer generation and it will continue to challenge employers in coming decade. The current retirement age in Australia is 65, however, Gen Xs will now retire at 70 and it can only be assumed that Gen Ys and Millennials will be looking at working well into their 70s.
Among a number of issues associated with maintaining employment into the 7th decade of life is coping with musculoskeletal disorders such as back and neck pain, hip and knee arthritis, shoulder tendonitis, and overuse and arthritic conditions of the wrist and hand. These conditions can certainly affect the workability of a person in labour work as well as those in more sedentary occupations such as business managers, clerks, plant operators and truck drivers.
These issues will be explored and suggestions offered to assist employers to support their ageing workforce.